After watching his team finish off a 5-3 road trip -- while going 11-9 during a stretch of 20 straight games -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine offered the highest praise for his club while conducting his postgame interview on NESN. 
"We play like this the rest of the season," Valentine said after the Red Sox' 6-5 win over the Orioles Wednesday, "we're going to win the championship."
With their latest win, the Red Sox improve to .500, having won 10 of their last 13 games. Over that stretch Valentine's team leads the majors in runs scored and OPS. Over the 13 games, the Sox pitching staff is third in the major leagues in ERA (3.00), with its starters claiming the big league's second-best ERA (3.14).
"I’m ecstatic," Valentine told reporters after the win over the O's. "The credit goes the coaching staff. The coaching staff prepares these guys. No matter where they are, where they’re playing defense, they’re out there playing comfortably, their at-bats are pretty comfortable because Dave [Magadan] prepares them well. You know, I think they’re just playing in a comfort zone. This is a tough place to play in a comfort zone."
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